S&W Born on Date


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rhoggman
October 11, 2010, 05:00 PM
Anyone know where to look up manufacture dates for S&W revolvers?

From the limited research I have done about my 10-5 round butt w/ 4" barrel I believe it was made in the 60's sometime.

Also I have heard from some people that there was some sort of time period before which modern metallurgy techniques were used to create the cylinders.

Is it safe to shoot +P ammo through this gun?

Serial Number begins with d376***

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rcmodel
October 11, 2010, 05:08 PM
Yes, any modern K-Frame S&W is fine with +P.

The Model 10-5 was only made in 1962, so I would have to say that is the year yours was made. The 10-5 change consisted of a 1/10" to a 1/8" front sight blade.

The anomaly is, your D376xxx serial # makes it 1971-72, so??

rc

Lucky Derby
October 11, 2010, 05:14 PM
The best place is not online. it is by getting a copy of "The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson." Currently in it's third edition.

rhoggman
October 11, 2010, 06:20 PM
It has the box, paperwork, cleaning rod & brush in plastic wrapper, and receipt with it. It was purchased in 1971, so that would make sense.

Original purchase price was $69.95 + 2.80 tax = 72.75, (I paid $300). If you account for inflation since 1971 the new price would be approaching $900 in today's money.

I wasn't sure if it was the new or used price. I am assuming now this is the original reciept. Also looks to have been purchased from Globe Distributors in COCOA, FL.

gearjammer711
October 11, 2010, 06:41 PM
the best source for the man date is S&W, I e-mailed my ser# to customer service @ smith and they sent me the date in a couple of days.

okc-zee
October 11, 2010, 06:56 PM
If you call S&W customer service and give them your serial #,they'll tell you your manufacture date...Just did it for my new 1973 M36...

rhoggman
October 11, 2010, 07:07 PM
Yes, any modern K-Frame S&W is fine with +P.

What is considered modern? This could have been manufactured as early as 68, and never shipped until 71.

I hear many differing opinions on shooting +P ammo out of the model 10. Obviously some of them were made in the early 1900's so it makes sense not to shoot +P out of them. Was there some certain time when the metal was considered strong enough to handle the extra pressure?

Guillermo
October 11, 2010, 07:42 PM
btw

RC has already answered your question but in the future this is a GREAT place to post that query

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=372213

Guillermo
October 11, 2010, 07:44 PM
Was there some certain time when the metal was considered strong enough to handle the extra pressure?

They started hardening the cylinders in the 1920's. The years varied.

Lucky Derby
October 12, 2010, 12:00 AM
Modern is considered post WWII. S&W will tell you the "model marked" guns. Those started in 1957.
For safety sake I generally stick with the WWII guideline, but many knowledgable shooters will shoot the hotter ammo in guns going back to the 1930's.
BTW .38+p isn't really that hot. +P is a little under what standard loads once were. Today's standard loads are really "watered down".

Radagast
October 12, 2010, 08:59 AM
The 10-5 was actually produced from 1962 to 1977. It was the 10-4 that was only produced in 1962.
As mentioned by rcmodel, D376xxx falls in the 1971-1972 period.Serial range for those years was D300001 to D420000.

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